Hawks finish strong; KCHS, CCS updated
Their game Wednesday, March 30, against Farragut High School was called in the fourth because of lighting problems and will be finished on Apr. 18.
Logan Ozias threw a three-hit shutout Monday, March 28, as Hardin Valley defeated Heritage High School 2-0. Austin King and Caleb Neely each had an RBI for HVA.
“Logan was dominant,” Hawks’ coach Tyler Roach said. “He had 12 strikeouts and a complete game. Offensively, we didn’t have much.”
Friday, April 1, the Hawks lost 5-2 to Science Hill at home. HVA had its chance late with runners on base.
“Bases (were) loaded with one out in the seventh,” Roach said. “Just didn’t come through.”
Micah Hoffmeister went six and two-thirds innings and had eight strikeouts.
Hardin Valley finished the week strong with a 8-3 win over Cleveland High School at home.
“It was a good team win,” Roach said. “We got some different guys some looks.
“Connor O’Donnell was great on the mound.”
At 8-6, Knoxville Catholic High School’s team is a work in progress. However, the Irish finished last week with four consecutive wins: Coalfield, Grace Christian, Christ School (NC), and York Institute — by a 47-6 combined score.
“We’ve played some really stiff competition early on,” coach Caleb Moore said. “Things might not have gone exactly how we wanted, but I think this will be a benefit for us down the road.”
Moore said he thinks faster starts and better relief pitching are what the Irish most need moving forward.
“We need to get our minds right for that first pitch,” he said. “Some guys need to step up (from the bullpen).”
Junior Daniel Parris and sophomore Hudson Lutterman have been effective hitters for Moore. Junior Ian Hubbard has pitched well, as has Michael Kelly in relief.
“Our best baseball is ahead of us,” Moore said. “We just have to get some timely hits. Hopefully we’re gonna have a strong second half.”
At the end of last week, Concord Christian School stood at 5-6. First-year coach Mitch Turner knew it would take some time for his young team to develop an identity, but he’s been very pleasantly surprised with what he’s seen.
Two standout players — Corban Tidwell and Bryce Butler — have been strong both with the bat and on the mound.
Butler, who’s hitting over .500, and Nathan Sparks combined for a no-hitter against Anderson County’s JV team